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CHSS Workshop: Alex Hertel-Fernandez, "Transforming the Nation One State at a Time: The Right-Wing Troika and State Policy"

When: Friday, February 9, 2018
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Central

Where: 1902 Sheridan Road, Buffett Institute Conference Room, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Kumar Ramanathan  

Group: Comparative-Historical Social Science Working Group

Category: Lectures & Meetings


Alexander Hertel-Fernandez is Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He will be giving a talk entitled "Transforming the Nation, One State at a Time: The Right-Wing Troika and State Policy." This talk is based on one part of a broader book project entitled: State Capture: How Conservative Activists, Big Businesses, and Wealthy Donors Reshaped the American States – and the Nation.

Professor Hertel-Fernandez is a political scientist who studies the political economy of the United States, with an emphasis on the politics of organized interests and public policy. In recent work, Hertel-Fernandez has examined the strategies that businesses have developed to lobby across the states, the ways that wealthy individuals are intervening in politics and their effect on the U.S. political terrain, and the politics of social programs, including unemployment insurance and Medicaid.

One forthcoming book by Hertel-Fernandez, Politics at Work (Oxford University Press), examines how American businesses are increasingly recruiting their workers into politics and how that practice is shaping American politics and policy. With Theda Skocpol, he is working on another book, currently under contract with the University of Chicago Press, which examines the rise of the Koch political network and its implications for the Republican Party and the American political economy.

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